Coming off a busy 2010 with relentless touring and the release of "Triggers", the global-beat influence bass duo Sub Swara are staying plenty busy unleashing their new mash-up of Cee-Lo Green's "F*ck You" with their track "Fire It Up". The group says "Cee-Lo’s ‘F*ck You’ was last year’s heartbreak anthem, and while we were putting together Triggers Mixtape Vol. 2, we couldn’t resist mashing it up with the instrumental of our tune, ‘Fire it Up’. We debuted it at LA’s illustrious Low End Theory night, and it’s been a blast every time we’ve weaved it into our sets since."
The duo is also set to be back on the road this month, touring Colorado.
2.18 Beaver Creek, CO @ Agave
2.19 Durango, CO @ Abbey Theatre
2.20 Crested Butte, CO @ Eldo
2.22 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
2.23 Breckenridge, CO @ Three20South
*all dates with Boombox
"it sounds like this time their beat vacation took them on an intergalactic spaceship ride, with giant rhythms and chirps that sound warped in from the outer reaches of the universe but retain a distinctly warm, human quality. -The FADER "Brooklyn bass duo Sub Swara will scramble your insides with low-end by any means necessary. Their music refuses to sit still or be easily described, frantically crossing the lines between instrumental hip-hop, dubstep, house, dub, dancehall, trip-hop and South Asian field recordings. But their motives are clear: boom, pound, move feet, rattle brains." -Village Voice "The outfit now specializes in a whatever-makes-you-bang style of bass music that's fresh and compelling, and doesn't pay much mind to the lines of electronic sub-genres. "Steam" from Sub Swara's latest album, Triggers. This flits from ominous, exotic hand-drumming into a more traditional techno beat, then goes all dubstep on your ass. Dhruva and Sharma make this stuff with the help of real instruments -- they recorded the drums for this song in India -- so it's not surprising that their sound goes beyond what you expect to hear in "electronic" music. -SF Weekly
SUB SWARA Brooklyn-based Sub Swara writes, produces and performs genre-bending bass music that parallels the diversity of their hometown. Consisting of Dhruva and Dave Sharma, Sub Swara's musical genome brings together a wide assortment of DNA - dub to hip-hop, dancehall to punk rock, and all the global sounds in between. With sets crafted for both dancefloor intensity and cerebral curiosity, Sub Swara combines electronic production, live instrumentation, and 3000% of recommended energy levels to create an ecstatic, human experience.
Originally started a club night, Sub Swara has always focused on melding bass music of all creeds and cultures. Over 3 years, the night became one of the most popular and respected club nights in NYC, hosting artists such as Mary Ann Hobbs, The Glitch Mob, Bassnectar, The Bug, and Poirier. Sub Swara released their 2008 debut album, Coup d'Yah, to widespread acclaim; critics and tastemakers from Pitchfork, to XLR8R, BBC Radio 1 and the FADER all lauded its seamless melding of varied rhythms, intricate global instrumentation and production both deep and dancefloor-centric. Sub Swara's remix of Balkan Beatbox's "Balkumbia" was featured in the Fader/Nike mixtape series for the 2010 World Cup, Pitch Perfect.
Sub Swara's second album, Triggers (Low Motion Records), continues the group's exploration of different spaces in bass music, and draws from a completely unique sound pallete that marries both live (much of the percussion is actually played by Sub Swara, in addition to other instruments by guest artists) and electronic elements.
With vocalists such as Dead Prez, Lyrics Born, Kendra Foster of Parliament Funkadelic and the up and coming hip hop act, Freddie Mills featured on Triggers, the collaborations are largely hip hop and soul-based, while the vocals in Coup d'Yah were largely dancehall. The instrumental collaborations feature the afrobeat horns of Antibalas, beatboxer Shamik, and a host of master session musicians from around the world.
While holed up in the lab putting the final touches on his soon-to-be-released eighth studio collection, The Beauty of It All, Central Islip, Long Island's own prodigal son, Keith Murray, returns with his brand new lead entry, "Strange Encounters." The Beauty Of It All also features the stellar production expertise of top tier beat-makers; RZA, Mr. Walt & DJ Evil Dee [Da Beatminerz], M-Phazes, The Sultan, among others.
In addition to the new LP, Murray has also recently entered into a business partnership with Paris, France, based 3headz, where he will follow in the footsteps of luminaries like Dr. Dre and Jay-Z by endorsing his very own line of state-of-the-art headphones.
It has been well over sixteen years since "your favorite rapper's favorite rapper" dropped his, now gold certified, solo debut, The Most Beautfullist Thing in This World, and after an additional five respectable individual outings; Enigma, It's a Beautiful Thing, He's Keith Murray, Rap-Murr-Phobia (The Fear of Real Hip-Hop) and mix-tape offering Intellectual Violence, a popular joint effort with mentor Erick Sermon & Redman [Def Squad], as well as high profile collaborations with Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J, R. Kelly, Kelly Price, Puff Daddy, Ludacris, George Clinton, Jamie Foxx, and Too $hort, to name some, the iconic emcee is back like he never left.
St. Petersburg rapper Famous Kid Brick always knew that he was destined to have his name in neon lights. Over the past 2 years, he has had the teen and college kids bombarding dance floors with his two scorching singles “The Anthem” and “I’m On It.” And with the upcoming release of the debut Youtube Mixtape On CD, Brick will soon have the world at his fingertips.
Already off to a great start, Famous Kid Brick shows no signs of letting up anytime soon. He has performed in more than 100 shows around the Tampa Bay area and he has overwhelming support from DJs like King JB, Dj Shurefire, DJ Christion, Dj Winn, DJ Coz, DJ Royce, Davi and more. Recently he has signed with a local label Hussch Boy Productions, which consists of well-known Florida artists Cristol, Blackboi and Mike Gomes. With four varying flavors, they all have something different and unique to bring to the table. In 2011, they will do nothing less than continue to take the industry by storm.
MP3: Barrington Levy f/ Khago, Vybez - "Gangsters"
It is finally here, the most highly anticipated soundtrack from the movie Gangsters starring the legendary singer Barrington Levy and dance hall's most controversial artist and alleged bleacher - Vibez Kartel (Say what you may about Kartel, but he is the driving force in today's dance hall music.) and upcoming Reggae superstar, Khago. This song will explode on the airwaves on the first day.
(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - German reggae star Gentleman is set to see the U.S. release of his fifth studio album Diversity with reggae's premier record label, VP Records, this year. The renowned international star first serves up a digital EP, Changes, which will be released by VP Records on February 22, 2011.
The digital EP Changes features three hits from the full-length album, all of which are bonafide smashes ever since hitting the airwaves from Germany to Jamaica. The sizzling singles "Changes" and "Lonely Days" were both produced by Jamaican hit maker Don Corleon, and the electro-dance fusion "To The Top" features Jamaican singer Christopher Martin. Its video has recorded almost five million views since its release on YouTube in July 2010.
Placing reggae on the pop charts in his native country, Gentleman continues to seamlessly fuse cultures and blend genres to create his own eclectic sound while staying true to his roots reggae foundation. This latest collection of works proves the diversity of his artistry. The digital EP Changes will be available on iTunes and other major online retailers, including VP Records' own PlanetReggae.com.